According to the pilot, he flew the traffic pattern to a touchdown zone landing on runway centerline at the airport in Wachula, Florida.
However, after touching down, the Piper PA-46 “floated back up,” then touched down again “with authority.”
It bounced again, then “weather vaned some,” and he became concerned that the airplane was “chewing up runway.”
It then touched down a third time, but he did not pull back on the yoke. He subsequently heard the propeller strike the runway. The plane then veered off the right side of the runway, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the engine mounts broke.
Nearest recorded weather included winds that were about 90° from the right of the runway, at 10, gusting to 15 knots.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s improper recovery from a bounced landing during gusty crosswind conditions.
NTSB Identification: ERA15CA069
This December 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.